The beauty of art is often in the taking rather than the making. The art may come to life in the mind of the artist but it often flourishes when the ink dries, the chisel is withdrawn, the dust has settled, or the final brushstrokes have been applied. At that point, the preparation ends and the consumption begins. Creation then begins to fuel creation and a closed inspiration loop is born. This project is the perfect representation of that ideal. Bassist Rufus Reid's most ambitious project to date was born out of his love for the sculptures ...read more
Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fredrick BerryGuest Artist: Rufus ReidBing Concert HallStanford, CAFebruary 27, 2013 Walking into Stanford University's new Bing Concert Hall can be a stunning experience. Listening to the magnificent acoustic qualities of the hall, it is nothing short of an aural experience that brings a fresh vibrancy to a concert such as the one produced by Fred Berry, director of the 17-piece Stanford Jazz Orchestra. Berry focused this concert around Rufus Reid, featuring the great bassist's compositions and arrangements. This concert hall was the ideal venue for showing not ...read more
Rufus Reid TrioDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CA November 7, 2010 The anticipation of having multi-award winner Rufus Reid working the strings of his bass, and his band members--pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca--ran high, as the audience at the Douglas Beach House began to gather. The trio was on a west coast tour beginning in Edmonton, Canada and Seattle, and moving down the west coast to San Diego. On the way, the trio stopped off at the Douglas Beach House. Venue owner Pete Douglas was more than happy to have Reid ...read more
Rufus ReidLive in ViennaQuantum Leap/MVD Visual2005 In a memorable 2005 concert performance at the Porgy and Bess jazz club in Vienna, bassist Rufus Reid's trio interpreted several of his original compositions as well as the standard Cherokee." And what power that old chestnut emitted. With pianist Fritz Pauer and drummer John Hollenbeck, Reid tore the house down with his one-of-a-kind delivery.The veteran bassist started out in Chicago in the 1970s with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and migrated to New York. But the bass was not his first ...read more
Great bassists are worth their weight in Maine lobster. Aside from maintaining the foundation so the drummer can stick and move, a great bassist can offer a substantial counterweight to a soloist, plus an additional voice that expands a band's capacity for dialogue. By those measures, Rufus Reid is a great, great bassist, with a strength and dexterity that comes through whether he is a leader or a sideman. Here are examples of Reid excelling in both roles.
Rufus Reid Out Front Motema Music 2010
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Long a first-call bassist, Rufus Reid has played with numerous greats since arriving on the jazz scene in the early '70s, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer and Jimmy Heath, to name just a few, in addition to a number of dates as a leader. His fat tone and inventive lines add something to every record date and he is a capable composer and arranger as well. Out Front is Reid's ninth album as a leader but the bassist makes it clear in both the liner notes and the ...read more
By Rufus Reid The bassist of any group or ensemble is the core, the foundation, the 'rock', one who stabilizes the unit when it becomes shaky and the individual that everyone depends on dearly 'to always be there!' If this is true, we as bassists must not ask questions as to how should things go. Bassists must take charge and state confidently the tempos when given and maintain them at all cost. If you study consistently and are thorough, you should know when you are in control. All members in the group desire a positive, confident and ...read more
This CD/DVD set features bassist Rufus Reid with his quintet at the famed Washington DC venue in a program of original music along with one classic tune by Duke Ellington. The quintet, featuring pianist Sumi Tonooka, drummer Tim Horner, tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, follows a standard mainstream format, interpreting each theme together, soloing around the room and closing with a coherent ensemble statement. Their music sounds fresh as each artist digs in enthusiastically before this large concert audience. After twenty years as Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, Reid has devoted ...read more
For over 20 years, bassist Rufus Reid has deftly balanced the roles of educator and performer. In the process, he has become one of the top post bop session players in the world and been the gatekeeper" for a notable flow of new talent, guiding such leading young bassists as Duncan Hopkins, Rick McLaughlin, Nicki Parrott and Doug Weiss. Recently Reid attended the acclaimed Jazz Composer's Workshop, where he further explored his compositional talents. Featuring a selection of these newly composed works within the context of his handpicked intergenerational group, The Gait Keeper opens a new passage into Reid's evolving ...read more
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